Cluff Natural Resources Plc is currently developing their plans for a deep offshore Underground Coal Gasification (UCG) Production Test in the Kincardine-Grangemouth area. Members of the project team are holding two public exhibitions to provide members of the local community and other interested parties with information about the project.
This is the first round of consultation, and comments received at these public exhibitions will help inform their assessment work and design development prior to entering the formal planning application process for what would be the UK’s first deep offshore UCG project.
The map below (image copyright Cluff Natural Resources Plc) shows the Company's Kincardine Project Area, located in the Firth of Forth near Kincardine, Scotland, consisting of a licence area of 3,687 hectares. An independent consultant, Belltree Group Ltd, has confirmed a JORC Compliant Resource of 335 million tonnes of coal of which 247 million tonnes is measured and indicated. Cluff Natural Resources have said they will "work closely with residents, local authorities, regulators and other stakeholders throughout the site selection and planning process".
The public exhibitions will take place on:
|Thursday 4th June 2015||13.00 – 19.00||Stephen Memorial Hall, Back Street, Culross, KY12 8HP|
|Friday 5th June 2015||13.00 – 19.00||Grangemouth Town Hall, Bo’ness Road, Grangemouth, FK3 8AN|
If you are unable to attend on either of the dates above but have a query you would like to discuss with the project team, please contact them at: kincardine@
Underground Coal Gasification (UCG) converts coal to gas while still in the coal seam (in-situ). Gas is produced and extracted through wells drilled into the unmined coal–seam. Injection wells are used to supply the oxidants (air, oxygen) and steam to ignite and fuel the underground combustion process. Separate production wells are used to bring the product gas to the surface.
Unlike the other unconventional gas production processes for shale gas (fracking) and coal bed methane (dewatering), UCG is not subject to the current moratorium on granting consents for unconventional oil and gas developments in Scotland; but CCoF believe it should be. In Queensland, Australia, for example, UCG production has allegedly caused serious environmental harm.